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Page 4B By Richard Dumas torsyth©mymcrnet The Towaliga Circuit District Attorneys Office recently welcomed three new assistant district attorneys who will be based in Monroe County. Carolee R. Jordan, Chris B. Miranda and Leslie A. Tilson will work under interim district attorney Elizabeth Bobbitt, who is running the department until district attor- ney Jonathan Adams returns in May 2019 from his year- long military deployment to Iraq. Jordan grew up in Manchester, Tenn., interning in her hometown’s DA’s office while attending undergrad at Middle Tennessee State University. Jordan then moved on to law school at Mercer, where she interned in the Macon—Bibb County DA’s office as well. After graduat— ing, Jordan was admitted to the bar in October 2017 and clerked for a year under Bibb County Superior Court Judge David Mincey. Jordan, who will work exclusively on Monroe County cases, was hired to the Towaliga Circuit several months ago and will specialize in felony and mis— demeanor family violence crimes as well as misdemeanor person crimes. Jordan is mar- ried to husband Zach, and the couple has two dogs. Miranda grew up in Palm Bay, Fla. before receiving his undergraduate degree at Florida State University. Miranda then attended law school at Mercer and was admitted to practice in 2009. opportunity.” Miranda said while grow- Tilson grew up in Michigan, ing up he always knew he graduating from Michigan wanted to be an attorney, and State University. Wanting to he joined a civil law practice get out of the cold weather, for his first four years of his career. He then decided he wanted to be in the courtroom more, so he clerked for a judge and then got into prosecu— tion. Miranda, who was hired to the Towaliga Circuit last month, most recently handled private practice insurance defense work for Macon firm Chambliss, Higdon, Richardson, Katz 8r Griggs, LLP. Miranda has been mar- ried to wife Jessica for nine years, and the couple has two sons, Mason, 5, and Eliot, 2. Miranda, who will also exclu- sively handle Monroe County cases, will specialize in felony person crimes, felony traffic offenses and misdemeanor property crimes. Miranda said, “I was down there at the firm doing insur- that earned the defendant, ance defense. I enjoyed it, and Billy Jones Jr., a 20—year prison I loved the people. But with sentence. two little ones, I was travel- ing a whole lot. And then I wanted to get back into pros- ecution for a while anyway. And so this opportunity came along, and it was just a perfect fit. I’m a Monroe County resi— dent. My oldest goes to T.G. Scott. So it was just the perfect Tilson said she applied to law schools exclusively within the south, eventually choos- ing Mercer. While in law school, Tilson interned for the Houston County District Attorney’s Office and discov— ered she wanted to become a prosecutor. Tilson was admit- ted to the bar in 2016 and was hired by Adams upon his tak- ing office in 2017. Tilson, who lives in Forsyth, handles juve- nile and accountability court cases for the entire circuit while also working on felony property crimes exclusively in Monroe County. Tilson said the most notable case she’s tried since joining the circuit was when she teamed up with Jordan in June to win an aggravated assault conviction ar- m We row we August 15, 2018“ Three new attorneys, from left to right, Leslie Tilson, Carolee Jordan and Chris Miranda, are now prosecuting Monroe County cases for the Towaliga Circuit '- District Attorney's Office. (Photo/Richard Dumas) Monroe County reaches agreement Bikers worried about debris with Butts on reducing water costs By Richard Dumas torsyth©mymcrnet Monroe County Commission. ers unanimously approved on Tuesday, Aug. 7 an agreement with Butts County that will lower the amount Monroe County pays Butts County for water. Monroe County commission chairman Greg Tapley said he reached an agreement with Butts County commissioners to reduce the amount Monroe County pays Butts for its water from $4.90 per 1,000 gallons to $4.30 per 1,000 gallons. Tapley said Butts County also agreed to increase the maximum amount of water it would supply to Monroe County from 100,000 gallons per day to 200,000 gallons per day. Tapley said the new agreement, which he said will save Monroe County about $30,000 annually, will be in place for three years, and Butts County will keep the agreed-upon rate the same for the remainder of the contract. Tapley said the price reduc- tion came about as a result of his friendship with Butts County commissioner Ken Rivers. “Some people question some- times our going to conven- tions and meetings and getting together with other commission- ers,” Tapley said. “It’s invaluable.” In other Board of Commission- ers news: o Monroe County Commis- sioners announced they will hold their next regular meeting in Juliette. The meeting will take place at 6 pm. on Tuesday, Aug. 21. at Juliette Methodist Church at 69 McCrackin St. o Monroe County Commis- sioners unanimously approved on Tuesday, Aug. 7 to spend $1,980 on a new air handler for the Monroe County C.A.R.E. Cottage. Commissioners contracted with Head Heating and Air Conditioning to purchase and install the new air handler, which includes a 10-year parts warranty and a one-year labor Warranty By Richard Dumas torsyth©mymcrnet a y, s- Boxankle Road resident Joshua Carr urged commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 7 to prohibit Monroe County citizens from a: leaving grass clippings in the road, saying they are dangerous for motorcyclists. Carr and two other members of the Forsyth chapter of biker organization Iron Heart said property owners in some states, including North Carolina, can be held civilly liable for wrecks caused by clippings in the road. I, Carr said, “There have been several cases where people have ,, actually lost their lives due to hitting this grass at 45, 55, 65 . miles per hour.” Monroe County commission chairman Greg Tapley said he used to ride motorcycles and thanked Carr for bringing the matter to the attention of commissioners. Tapley said Mon- roe County attorney Ben Vaughn would research what other Georgia counties do to prevent grass clippings in the roadand . commissioners would then decide what, if any, action would be . taken. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans said jokingly to Tapley: . “The reason you stopped riding is (Tapley’s .wife) Fran tripled yourinsurance.” INCIDENTS Continued from SB Couple arrested after follow'ng vehicle from Macon to Rivermist Rd. A 40-year-old black Macon man and a 23—year-old white Lizella woman were each ar- rested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property after an incident on Rivermist Road on July 25. At about 7:52 am, Cpl. Jacob Robins went to Rivermist Road about a suspicious vehicle, a gray 2008 Nissan Sentra, that had followed a male 9-1-1 caller to the location from south Ma- con. Robins saw the suspicious vehicle, which contained a male passenger and a female driver. The driver told Robins they were trying to get to a boat ramp, but Robins replied that there wasn’t a boat ramp on the road. They then said theyhadjust arrivedin the area and were leaving, but Robins told them he knew they had been on Rivermist Road for at least 20 minutes since the 9-1-1 call had come in. Robins then asked them why they were following a black vehicle, and the passenger denied following anyone. The passenger thgn told Robins their vehicle belonged to his mother, but dispatchers determined the passenger’s mother had reported the vehicle stolen with the pas- sengeras the primary suspect Robins then arrested the driver and passenger and then searched the vehicle, discovering several pieces of mail, a Robins Federal debit card and a Dillards card in a small blue box on the back seat. None of the items belonged to the passenger. Robins then met with the male 9-1-1 caller and his male passenger who said they first encountered the Sentra at a gas station on Hartley Bridge Road. The 9-1-1 caller said the female driver asked them for a cigarette, which they gave her as they left the store. The 9-1-1 caller said the Sentra then immediately followed them through Macon until he made a sudden turn onto Rivermist Road without using his turn signal. The 9—1-1 caller said the driver then made a u-tum on Hwy. 87 after passing River- mist Road and turned back onto Rivermist Road. The 9-1-1 caller said he turned into a home where he was working and ran into the woods to call 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 caller said the Sentra then crept up and down Rivermist Road as if they were looking for them until Robins arrived. Robins then took the driver and passenger to the Monroe County Jail. Barnosville driver charged with DUI after Hwy. 4] traffic stop A 34-year-old white Barnesville man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Hwy. 41 North on July 24. At about 12:12 am, Dep. William Miller saw a white 1995 Pontiac ' Grand Prix without a license plate failing to maintain its lane on . Hwy. 41 North. Miller also saw the male driver throw a green— colored item out the driver’s side window. When Miller stopped the car and got out of his patrol car, the driver then took off anotha 50 feet before stopping again. The driver, whose speech was sluggish and slurred, said he didn’t know what Miller was talking about when he asked him what he threw out the window. The driver then began to fumble around inside his car looking for papers at which point Miller saw an amber—colored pill bottle ,on the front driver’s seat. Miller ordered the driver several times not to remove the pill bottle from the seat. The driver, who was unsteady on his feet, then pointed to a green pill box in the middle of the road that he admitted he threw out of the car. When Miller asked the driver what was in the box, the driver said he didn’t know but didn’t want to get in trouble for having it. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests. Miller then searched the car and found the pill bottle had six round purple pills inside of it that were amphetamines. The driver was then taken to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to maintain lane, violation of taillight require- ments and littering. Patrol Road resident reports neighbor's tree crashing into vehicles At about 5:13 pm. on Aug. 7, a Patrol Road man told Officer Kianda Pritchett of the Forsyth Police Department that a tree had fallen from his neighbor’s yard onto two of his vehicles parked in his front yard. Pritchett saw a very large tree across the front end of a white Saturn Vue. She then saw the same tree had also fallen onto the roof of a red Toyota Supra, crushing the entire cab. The resident showed Pritch~ . ett that the treerhad grown in his neighbor’s yard on the opposite side of a wooden fence. Woman charged with theft by taking after stealing from O'Reilly's A 23-year-old Forsyth woman was arrested and charged with theft by taking for allegedly faking merchandise returns at O’Reilly’s auto parts store on North Lee Street on Aug. 7. At about 1:15 pm, a male O’Reilly’s loss prevention auditor told Sgt. David Asbell of the Forsyth Police Department that a female employee had confessed to five fraudulent returns, totaling $401.67. Asbell saw the employee was crying and visibly upset. The employee told Asbell she faked returns and had used the money to get food for her son because she did not want him to go hungry. The employee said her husband was unemployed, and Department of Family and Chil- dren Services had declined her 1 application for food stamps. The employee said she was ashamed “of her actions and'intended to turn herself in once her son was taken care of. Asbell then gave the employee a ride because she what appeared to be a gun on, 4’2. was too upset to drive. The em- Monroe County Jail the following“ day on Aug. 8. ployee was then booked into the ;— ’. resident fights with Union Hill, Apartments ’3' unknown male suspect]. At about 3:12 am. on Aug. 12, 5' Officer Terrence Thomas of the Forsyth Police Department went to Union Hill Apartments about a two male residents getting into an argument. The first resident said the other resident got up and started cutting on lights, disturb- l ' ing the rest of the apartment. The firSt resident said he then asked the other resident to close A; the door and turn off the lights at which point the other resident jumped in his face, and they be— gan to push one another. The first resident said the other resident ‘ ' fell down during the fight and then got up and left the home. The first resident said a short time later an unidentified white male came inside of his home and started pushing him. The first resident said he got the best of the white male in the fight and pushed him to the ground. He ‘ i said the white male then dropped the floor before picking it back up and leaving the apartment. Thomas then searched the area for both the other resident and the white male but was unable to findeither of them. Thomas told the first resident to call the police if the other resident returned to the apartment. v J tc C4 093001325}: 5-' PT! 9009